Monday, March 3, 2014

Understanding Water Damage

Running water can be considered a basic necessity of life. You would not be able to clean your clothes, or wash the dishes without it. Although water can be used for many purposes, it can also cause major damage to your property, valuables and equipment unless you take steps to help maintain your home. By using these safety tips, you can minimize or help prevent water damage inside your home.

Water damage can come from different non-weather related sources, such as leaky baseboard heating, plugged air conditioning unit condensation drains, furnaces/boilers, water heaters, washing machines, and leaky plumbing.

How can you help prevent water from leaking inside your home or business? No matter the source of damage-causing water, you can minimize or help prevent water damage from sources from within the home through home maintenance steps, including:

  • Inspect washing machine hoses annually and replace every three–five years–or immediately, if there are any signs of cracking or bulging.
  • Inspect plumbing around water heaters, showers, tubs, toilets, sinks, and dishwashers annually and repair if there are any signs of leaks or corrosion. When possible, install water heaters in an area with floor drains to help minimize damage if leaks should occur.
  • Inspect refrigerator icemaker connections, usually located behind the refrigerator, annually and replace hoses if they appear cracked or corroded.
  • Check air conditioning drain lines yearly and clean if clogged.

Also consider taking regular routine maintenance steps to help prevent water from entering your home or business, including:
  • Keep drains, gutters and downspouts clear of leaves and other debris.
  • Maintain your roof to help prevent water from seeping into your home.
  • Move downspouts minimally three feet away from the base of your home.
  • Inspect and repair foundation wall cracks.
  • Grade your landscape away from your building so water is directed away from the basement.

In addition to taking steps to help maintain your property, homeowners should also consider purchasing insurance coverage. If you have any questions, contact your agent or company representative.

Dobra Property Maintenance LLC
Colonia, NJ 07067

NJ Home Improvement Contractor #13VH05912800
Fully Licensed and Insured.

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